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TORTURE CASE IN UK Seven of Britain's top judges began hearing evidence this week on whether Britain can use evidence from other countries against terror suspects that may have been obtained by torture. Naomi Fowler reports from London: The issue of torture was raised last year when foreign nationals held for years without charge or trial under suspicion of terrorism challenged the Court of Appeal. Their lawyers claim the men were being held on evidence obtained by torture carried out in...
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Obama once again calls for gun law reform after yet another mass murder on campus Russia becomes the latest country to join Syria’s Civil War with airstrikes Italian police clear refugee camp along Mediterranean coast Missiles kill more than 130 people at a wedding party in Yemen Congress stages another shutdown showdown, toying with federal workers Shell suspends Arctic exploration; acidification already ravaging oceans Nomadic cattle herders in Cameroon lose traditional territory to land...
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MN Senator Wellstone Dies in Plane Crash Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota died in a tragic plane crash earlier today. His wife, daughter and five members of his staff were also killed. Deepa Fernandes spoke with Pacifica's Senior National Affairs correspondent Larry Bensky who has covered the career of Paul Wellstone for over a decade. NRA Visits Colorado to Round Up Republican Support As authorities in three states and the District of Columbia conferred today about who should prosecute two...
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ACLU FILES FOIA REQUESTS ON PENTAGON SPY PROGRAM The American Civil Liberties Union and its local affiliates filed multiple Freedom of Information Act requests today, in an effort to uncover why the Pentagon has been monitoring the activities of anti-war groups and pacifist organizations. The FOIA requests were filed on behalf of Veterans for Peace, the American Friends Service Committee, Greenpeace, and dozens of local organizations in seven states. EFF SUES AT&T OVER NSA PROGRAM...
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North Korea has declared a state of emergency in the region where two trains crashed and exploded, according to just released reports from South Korea. What has been reported so far is that two trains carrying oil and liquid petroleum collided then witnesses report seeing a massive explosion near the Chinese border. And, an estimated 3-thousand people have been killed. The U.S. and Britain are pressing the United Nations Security Council to adopt a draft resolution on weapons of mass...
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WTO Talks Break Down India joined Malaysia in rejecting the revised draft Cancun ministerial declaration, charging that the WTO is not only deliberately neglecting their concerns, but comfort is being given to developed countries which provide huge trade-distorting subsidies. Meanwhile, many activists and delegates of non-government organizations (NGOs) celebrated the collapse of the talks as a triumph for developing nations, which proved their increased negotiating power. Led by India, Brazil...
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PRISON UPRISING IN BRAZIL A prison uprising is now in its third day in the Brazilian city of Porto Velho . A group of prisoners took control of the Urso Branco facility on Christmas during visiting hours and continue to hold approximately 200 hostages, mostly prisoners' relatives. They are demanding the return of Ednildo Paula Souza, an inmate who was transferred from the prison last week, after his recapture following a successful jailbreak earlier this month. Souza is said to have led a...
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Corporate Accountability Law on the Books(3:55) In a ceremony involving members of congress, the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the new so called financial crimes "swat team," President Bush today signed legislation to restore investor confidence in American corporations. The new corporate accountability package increases the penalties for securites fraud.Vice President Cheney's old company Halliburton is under investigation for securities fraud,...
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U.S. military concludes MSF hospital bombing in Kunduz result of 'human error ' Street Beat: Native Americans observe National Day of Mourning in Plymouth New wave of hunger strikes at U.S. immigration detention facilities State-level immigration law sows confusion in North Carolina Florida considers a bill that would regulate fracking, but preempt and overturn local bans ‘Climate 8’ lawsuit asserts a stable climate system is a constitutional right Download Audio   U.S. military concludes...
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At least 300 people are dead after Tropical Storm Jeanne wreaks havoc on the island, according to United Nations and local officials. In the town of Gonaive, floodwaters turned roads into rivers, covered crops and surrounded houses.With much of Haiti deforested, there is little to slow down the floods or the inevitable mudslides.Reports from Gonaive say much of the town is still under waist-deep water.Last week the storm hit shore on neighboring Dominican Republic and is being blamed for 7...
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ISRAEL CUTS TIES WITH ARAFAT Israel cut all ties with Yassir Arafat and the Palestinian Authority today. U-S made israeli F-16 fighter-bombers swiftly levelled security buildings in Gaza City, also hitting targets in Nablus and the control tower at Gaza International Airport, whose runway was churned up by Israeli tanks last week. Helicopter missiles also struck the Palestinian Broadcasting Authority in Ramallah overnight. Israeli army bulldozers ploughed what remained into the ground today,...
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Author of kill list memos confirmed to federal appellate bench U.S. House passes diluted USA Freedom Act; privacy advocates withhold support Same-sex marriage bans overturned in Oregon and Pennsylvania California air regulators due to release new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emission Worldwide protests ongoing in support of Ethiopia's Oromo people Free insulin clinic in Pakistan helps those struggling with diabetes Author of kill list memos confirmed to federal appellate bench The U.S. Senate...
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Last night at midnight was the deadline for settlers to leave all camps in Gaza and four in the West Bank. Israeli soldiers began handing out eviction notices today to the settlers who refused to leave. As Laila El-Haddad reports, Palestinians are cheering the evacuation, but are cautious about the future. As India celebrated its 58th independence day today from colonial rule, a strike was observed in Indian administered Kashmir. The strike was called by the main separatist alliance All Parties...
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3-yr-old Killed in Gaza Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is negotiating with all sides in the Gaza strip as more charges and gunfire cuts through the occupied territory.Laila El-Haddad has more from Gaza City. New Mexico Is Open for Exploratory Drilling Officials with U.S. Land Management announced that the state of New Mexico is open for exploratory oil drilling.From KUNM in Albuquerque, Jim Williams has more. Connecticut State Execution on the Horizon The U.S. Supreme Court considers a...
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Bush's Bright Idea for Wildfires (2:46) President Bush is expected to propose making it easier for the timber industry to thin national forests. An administration official says the president will announce the plan on his trip to the west coast that began today. Advocates of thinning say it will help reduce catastrophic fires like the ones sweeping western states this summer. But not everyone agrees that commercial logging can help reduce fire danger at all. From Rapid City South Dakota, Joshua...
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Hamas Leader Killed by Israeli Forces Sumpreme Court Hears Privacy Case 911 Hearings on the Capital Worldwide Protests Against War New IMF Agreement in Argentina Return to FSRN's news archive or FSRN's home page.
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9/11 "Plotter" Released from German Jail A German court in Hamburg has released from prison the only person in the world ever convicted of involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Mounir El Motassadeq, a Morrocan, was released today on bail pending a retrial in Germany?s High Court. From Germany FSRN correspondent Guy Degen has more. CA Voters Just Say No to Walmart Wal-Mart?s efforts to open up its first superstore in Los Angeles County hit a snag as thousands turned out to...
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Arms Treaty for U.S. and Russia President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed what they're calling a landmark nuclear arms reduction treaty in a gilded Kremlin today. The two leaders proclaimed it would help cement vastly improved relations between the former superpower rivals. But peace activists say the treaty doesn't actually reduce the risk of nuclear war. And they say it will make it easier for President Bush to persue his space based missile shield. .... Viviene Schweitzer...
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South Africans Go to the Polls South Africa?s polling stations have closed for the day and the Independent Electoral Commission says there was a high voter turn out for the country?s third democratic elections. Na?eem Jennah reports from Johannesburg. Cheney Goes To China Vice-president Dick Cheney?s stop in China today focused mainlyon Taiwan. Free Speech Radio News? Severine Bardon reports from Beijing. CARICOM Nations Say US and France Blocking Probe on Aristide Ouster He Caribbean Nations...
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A Reparations Bill Before the New York City Council "Forty acres and a mule" was the unkept promise made to African Americans during the Reconstruction Period, following the Civil War. More than a century later, as the push for reparations continues to grow and gain support, and lawsuits are being filed against companies that profited from slavery,there is a move at the federal level to consider the feasibility of reparations. The bill is authored by House Democrat John Conyers, who...
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Protests Against NATO The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is meeting this week in Prague marking the first NATO summit behind the former Iron Curtain. NATO just passed a resolution pressing Iraq to comply with UN inspectors or face serious consequences. Meanwhile, several peaceful street demonstrations are taking place against the summit. FSRN's Charles Michael Ray has this story from the streets of Prague. National Anti-War Student Day of Action The Christian Science Monitor is reporting...
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Turkish Parliament Says NO to US Troops Under intense American pressure, Turkey's foreign minister indicated today that his government would ask Parliament to vote a second time on whether to allow American troops to use the country as a base for a military attack against Iraq. The minister, Yasar Yakis, spoke one day after lawmakers here rejected such a plan. After a marathon meeting of senior officials, Mr. Yakis said that his government would take a new resolution to Parliament later this...
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One Strike Okay for Supreme Court In a controversial decision the Supreme Court today sided with the government in its efforts to rid public housing complexes of drugs. The Court unanimously affirmed a law that allows entire families to be tossed out for drug use by one member - even if the main tenant didn't know about it. The decision has angered tenant advocates and senior citizens groups who may be the most vulnerable to the policy. Chris Bruney reports from Oakland. No Travel for Arafat...
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Labor Day Special: Working News; FSRN from the Ground Up As we mark Labor Day, we at FSRN have a special documentary presentation today "Working News; FSRN from the Ground Up", inviting listeners inside the worker-run collective of Free Speech Radio News. Over the past 3 years, as the news media has continued to consolidate under a few major corporate interests, independent newsmakers from around the US and many corners of the world have come together to form the newscast you listen...
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Pope John Paul the Second reminded President Bush today of the Vatican's opposition to the Iraqi occupation and said the world has been troubled by recent QUOTE ``deplorable events,'' an reference to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops. He also called for a speedy return of the country's sovereignty. Meanwhile, in Najaf an official from Moqtada al- Sadr's Mehdi Army said its fighters had been withdrawn as the US military told Agence France Presse it agreed to pull back from some...
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U.S. soldiers were authorized to use attack dogs to intimidate Iraqis prisoners. Karen Mitchell has more from the D.C. coop. The voter advocacy group is taking legal action against the state of South Dakota for alleged voting irregularities during the state?s special election last week. Jim Kent reports from Rapid City. Elections for European Union representatives are taking place around the EU today. Yet EU voters are showing less than enthusiastic support for going to the polls. Only...
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Ex-U.S. Soldier Accused of Torture in Afghanistan In Afghanistan, A US citizen on trial for running a private prison and torture chamberhas told reporters he was working with the full knowledge of US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Afghanis freed from the prison say they were hooded, beaten, and in at least one case, shackled upside down. Jonathan Idema, a former member of a US special Forces reserve unit, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The US State Department has denied any...
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US Supreme Court Silent on Gay Marriage The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Massachusetts state law allowing same sex marriage without comment.The Massachusetts Supreme Court voted by a narrow margin to mandate such marriages late last year.Since May of this year, more than 3-thousand gay and lesbian couples have married in Massachusetts. At that time, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to interfere with the issuance of marriage licenses.Next year, Massachusetts?s voters may have the...
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REACTION TO HARIRI REPORT An investigative report presented to the United Nations Security Council accuses Syrian and Lebanese officials of involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister and billionaire businessman Rafiq Hariri. Haider Rizvi reports from the United Nations. Both Syria and Lebanon have strongly denied the allegations made in the report. Faysasal Mekdad, the Syrian ambassador, said the report is based on political motives and that it does not deal with the...
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Arthur Anderson Auditor Takes the Fifth On the eve of the first set of Congressional hearings into the collapse of the 7th largest company in America, ENRON?s chief executive Kenneth Lay resigned. Just one day before his resignation, Federal agents stationed themselves in Enron?s Houston corporate offices to examine allegations that the energy trading giant also illegally shredded key corporate documents. Meanwhile, On Capitol Hill, members of Congress began a formal round of hearings into the...
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Latest from Baghdad Reporters Without Borders has voiced its concern that a CNN crew's security escort returned fire with an automatic weapon when the crew, traveling in several vehicles, came under fire today at the entrance to the northern Iraqi town of Tikrit. The use of firearms is a practice contrary to all the rules of the profession, the organization said. Meanwhile, lawlessness continues to rein in Baghdad as Independent Journalist Urban Hamid tells Deepa Fernandes. White House Takes...
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July 4th Special Documentary--Hacking Democracy In the aftermath of the Florida debacle, as unearthed by Investigative journalist Greg Palast, FSRN correspondent Geoff Brady follows through and takes a look at the next generation of digital voting machines slated to come to a voting booth near you for the 2004 Presidential elections. Will this technology resolve the fundamental issues of voter fraud and civil rights violations that the infamous butterfly ballots bore on voters around the...
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Washington Governor Inaugurated Despite Controversy Mark Taylor Canfield reports. Pentagon Slashes Chemical Weapons Disposal Budget Stephanie Edgerly reports. UN Debates Haiti Haider Risvy reports. IL Passes Gay Rights Measure Rita Sand reports. Features Attacks on Iraqi Army Continue: Report from Baghdad(2:45) U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) today joined 12 Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Bush requesting that U.S. soldiers be brought home. Woolsey stated in...
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DOD Stands Behind Military Justice Defense Department officials are still standing by their military tribunals as an appropriate and just process for the prisoners being held at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay.Adam Sharon reports from D.C. Israelis Incursions Ease but Occupation as Strong Incursions into Palestinian refugee camps have eased slightly.But, Palestinian Presidential candidates are finding it difficult to campaign since much of occupied Palestine is still being tightly...
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TEHRAN RALLY Iran's controversial president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended a massive demonstration in Tehran today. The anti-Israel march has become an annual event in Tehran to mark the final Friday of Ramadan. Ahmadinejad drew worldwide criticism for his statement this week that Israel should be "wiped off the map". This year's rally reportedly drew between 200 thousand and one million people. FRESH VIOLENCE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE A member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade died...
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ASHCROFT DEFENDS HIS RECORD 3:43 Attorney General John Ashcroft defended Bush administration measures to today declaring the nation must not let down its guard against threats that present ``a daily chronicle of the hatred of Americans by fanatics.''Ashcroft's appearance came in an atmosphere of mounting criticism by Senate Democrats that the Justice Departmentmoved too far, too quickly, to implement a host of stern investigative measures in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Kata...
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The Israeli military?s stronghold on the refugee camp of Rafah has eased as the last of the tanks pulled out today and the roads were re-opened. People are re-uniting with their families after the six-day incursion and food and water are able to move in. 16 Palestinians were buried yesterday. As many as 50 were killed in the weeklong operation. Yet Edwan Edwan, a resident of Rafah says the homeless problem has just begun. SOUND. The United Nations relief agency says close to 6-hundred people...
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Security Council Passes Resolution on Iraq The United Nations Security Council today unanimously proved a US and British-sponsored draft resolution setting stringent conditions for renewed weapons inspections in Iraq and threatening serious consequences if Iraq fails to comply.Susan Wood reports from the UN. Inside Basra - What Will War Bring? While the United States made some major concessions in the final negotiation phase at the Security Council, the final draft still meets the Bush...
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A Way to Halt War? The Bush Administration has suffered a setback in its efforts to win a second United Nations Resolution authorizing war with Iraq. A majority of Security Council members made it clear they wouldn't support the measure, forcing postponement of a vote President Bush insisted would be held this week. At an emergency sumit this weekend, the Administration and its closest Allies will decide whether to pursue diplomatic negotiations or withdraw the resolution and launch an attack...
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Is Congress Ready to Reform Campaign Finance? (5:02) On the day former Enron President Kenneth Lay invokes his fifth ammendment rights before Congress, the House of Representives prepare to vote on campaign finance reform. There are at least three campaign finance proposals. And as Kata Mester reports from Capitol Hill, advocates say none of them will clean up the political system. Milosevic Trial Begins (3:49) Yugoslavia's former president Slobodan Milosevic went on trial for war crimes in a...
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PROTESTS CONTINUE IN MANILA Hundreds of students clashed with policemen today during a march towards the presidential palace in the Philippines. Police arrested 10 for illegal assembly. Girlie Linao reports from Manila. Approximately 300 student activists marched in Manila today, demanding the ouster of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo over allegations of election fraud. They were also challenging a new hard line policy against rallies without permits. The policy has triggered violent...
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Mass abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls prompts international outrage New bill addresses immigration detention conditions, advocates seek end of "bed quota" São Paulo sweatshops trap Bolivians seeking jobs in Brazil Israel increasingly kills civilians in "buffer-zone" along Gaza border fence Thailand: Ethnic Karen activist missing, UN Human Rights office concerned California charter schools among many nationwide struggling with new online tests   International efforts  are...
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Israel launched ground invasion of Gaza Strip U.S. teen beaten in Jerusalem returns to Tampa  FCC receives more than a million public comments on net neutrality Anti-fracking activists rally with opponents of LNG export facility  Mentoring program cuts recidivism rates in Kansas prisons by half  Cameroon attempts to revive its once-thriving coffee sector Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza Strip The death toll in Gaza is on the rise as Israeli tanks moved into to the territory Thursday....
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Q&A: State judicial elections smash campaign spending records California’s Prop 47 could free one in five inmates from state prisons Legislation seeks to reform FOIA and improve access to government information Corruption and extremism hinder efforts to rebuild bombed-out Pakistani schools “Yes Means Yes” and on-campus sexual assault prevention Q&A: State judicial elections smash campaign spending records The 2014 elections are underway around the United States with voters already...
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Texas grand jury opts not to indict Waller County jail personnel in Sandra Bland death St. Petersburg, Florida joins carbon divestment movement Economic blockade at India-Nepal border stretches into third month amid protests Full scale and long-term effects of Brazil’s ‘worst environmental disaster’ remain unclear Mumia Abu Jamal seeks injunction to force Pennsylvania prison officials to treat hepatitis C Mumia Abu Jamal on politics: Boorish and Boring Download Audio Texas grand jury opts...
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Free Speech Radio News lineup - Tuesday, April 16, 2002Free Speech Radio NewsTuesday, April 16, 2002Download MP3 file of newscast (13Megabytes) Israeli military officials confirmed today that they have reopened a desert dentention camp to hold some of the 1000?s of Palestinians rounded up during the past weeks West Bank Sweeps. The camp held about 1000 palestinians from 1987 to 1993 and was clsed in 1996. Prisoners in that camp were held 26 to a tent, exposed to searing heat in summer and...
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Hugo Chavez Back In Action The streets of Venezuela's capital, Caracas, have begun to calm after a weekend in which the president was ousted in a military coup, and rose again to power. Hugo Chavez was removed from power for less than two days among confusion and street demonstrations, in a coup his government says was backed by the United States. Travis Lea reports from Mexico City. Report from Nablus Israeli troops today captured Marwan Barghouti, a close aide to Palestinian leader Yasser...
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WHY IS BUSH HOLDING THE BIN LADEN TAPE? The Administration has been priming the american public for the release of the bin Laden videotape for the last several days. Bush claims the tape shows bin Laden?s undeniable role in the sinister plot to attack the World Trade Centers. Yet the Administration has waited until today to release the tapes for public viewing. Verna Avery Brown reports. MILITARY COURTS AND CONSPIRACY CHARGES The French government today demanded United States spare a French...
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US: No UN Necessary The United Nations has announced today that it is evacuating all personnel from the Iraq. Meanwhile the United States, Britain and Spain today announced they were no longer submitting their pro-war resolution to a vote by the UN Security Council. Despite the ultimatum imposed by President Bush yesterday to the United Nations to support his war agenda today, Security Council members have continued to resist American pressure. as wars appears to be days away. Nadja Middleton...
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Bush Agrees to Independent Commission on Iraqi Intelligence President Bush told reporters at his cabinet meeting today that he will appoint a special panel to look into intelligence gathering leading up to the invasion of Iraq. From Capitol Hill, Darby Hickey reports. Pakistani Scientists Gives Other Nations the Bomb Pakistani intelligence officials found that one of their own nuclear scientists helped other nations develop the bomb. Masror Hussain reports from Islamabad. Protests in Haiti...
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The Bush Administration has suffered a diplomatic defeat in its efforts to shield U.S. servicemen and others from the reach of the International Criminal Court. Susan Wood reports from the United Nations. Today, the Congressional Black Caucus called on the U.S. government to do more to stop the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Allison Koler reports from D.C. 10 Palestinian groups are objecting to the latest proposal that would place Egypt and Jordan security forces in Palestine.Laila...
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Government Workers Lose Protections Government workers, who must now compete with private contractors, will be denied key protections in the latest appropriations bill. John Hamilton has more from the Worker?s Independent News Service. Mexicans Caravan for Sovreignty Mexican workers from rural agricultural organizations and urban labor unions have been on a march called the ?Caravan in Defense of National Sovereignty.? Caravan riders, expressing their opposition to the privatization of public...
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Spending More On War This weekend thousands of people across the globe took to the streets to mark the 3rd year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and demonstrated against the continued US presence there. Meanwhile in Washington, a new report by the Congressional Research Office shows that the US will spend 44% more on the war this year than last. Darby Hickey reports. Spending on war and occupation will average almost 10 billion dollars a month for this fiscal year, according to a new report...
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Sony to Lay Off Thousands - John Hamilton Electronics giant Sony unveiled plans today to slash its worldwide workforce by thirteen percent over the next three years, targeting thousands of workers in wealthier nations while maintaining production in countries with weak labor and environmental laws. UN Reports Protects Multi-national Corps.- Haider Risvi A United Nations report is expected to keep hidden some of the financial dealings of multi-national corporations and provisional government...
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Today the French foreign ministry confirmed that a French journalist has been taken hostage in Iraq. To date, 40 people from 12 nations are being held hostage there. A spokesperson for the U.S. installed governing coalition said the F-B-I is now working to find the hostage takers and the hostages. Also today, the United Nations Secretary General came close to an all out refusal to send staff to Iraq. Kofi Annan said the surge in violence and kidnappings has ruled out a UN delegation "for...
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Iraq Says US Just Wants Oil(4:36) The UN's two top weapons inspectors today delivered to the security council a crucial assessment of the first 60 days of the resumed iraqi inspections. AS foreshadowed by U.S media, their report praised Iraq's coorperation on process, but not on substance. It listed a seried of unresolved issues and difficulties encountered by the inspections teams. Both Hans Blix and mohamed elbaradei, however, protrayed their work as ongoing, and peaceful resolution as their...
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Ceasefire But Continued Fighting in Afghanistan (5:03) The three warlords who control the northen Afghan city of Mazar i Sharif have hammered out an agreement to start demilitarizing northern Afghanistan's largest city in an effort to establish asingle government-directed security force. Pratap Chatterjee files this report from Afghanistan. Bush: Radioactive Waste to Nevada (4:05) President Bush looks poised to give his blessing to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository near Las...
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Gaza ceasfire holds; crossings not yet fully open and schools to run on shifts Obama announces new program for veterans as I.G. probe finds ongoing problem s Barring court action, nearly all Texas abortion clinics to close September 1 Despite tenuous peace deal, thousands still fleeing Central African Republic Irom Sharmila continues fast; rearrested days after her release Mumia Abu Jamal: Post Ferguson Gaza ceasfire holds; crossings not yet fully open and schools to run on shifts A ceasefire...
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Colombia on the brink of ending its 51-year-long armed conflict Pope Francis urges Congress to act on climate, the death penalty, arms, immigration and more Emergency EU summit grapples with refugee influx, EU chief says the "greatest tide is yet to come" Court cites U.N. torture convention to protect transgender immigrants in U.S. Mexico marks one-year since mass abduction of Ayotzinapa students French composer, environmental scientist team up on multimedia symphony about climate...
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Independent Investigation Into Prewar Intelligence?(4:08) Following President Bush's lead, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has called for an independent inquiry to investigate the quality of British intelligence over the dubious claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before last year's invasion.Reversing his opposition, Blair says the investigation will focus on whether the prewar information was accurate.Liberal Democrats in Parliament are calling the investigation incomplete...
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Israeli MIlitary Hits the Gaza Strip More Israeli military tanks rolled into the occupied Gaza strip today. Israeli government officials say it is in response to a Palestinian rocket attack in a town just on the other side of the Gaza border.In that attack, two Israelis were killed, including a 3-year-old boy on his way to kindergarten.Early this morning, Israeli helicopter gunships launched four missiles at a media building in the center of Gaza City. Laila El-Haddad reports from Gaza....
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Palestinian Day Laborers Border Sit-In Today, several thousand Palestinian day laborers gathered at the border crossing between Gaza and Israel. Mohammed Ghalayini explains why from Gaza City. SF Court Delays Marriage Decision At deadline the city of San Francisco was still marrying same gendered couples as two organizations took the process to court. Tori Taylor was in the courtroom. State Legislatures Scramble to Change Constitutions Individual state legislatures around the nation are...
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CLOSELY-CONTESTED NOMINATION OF PRIME MINISTER IN IRAQ Ibrahim al-Jaafari has been nominated by Iraq's ruling Shia coalition to stay on as Prime Minister in the newly-elected government. His nomination yesterday defeated the other leading candidate by just one vote. US ROCKET KILLS 2 IN PAKISTAN Another US rocket landed in Pakistan over the weekend. Masror Hussain reports from Islamabad. Two civilian women were killed and five children injured in the troubled North Waziristan region on Saturday...
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Greece secures new loan after agreeing to austerity under duress Iran nuclear deal reached in Vienna, draft now goes to Congress Family of woman found dead in Texas jail cell questions official version of 'suicide' LA makes it easier to confiscate the belongings of the city’s growing homeless population Facilities continue to profit from immigrant detention while lawsuit prevents DAPA from taking effect Brazil considers amending constitution to try 16-year-olds as adults Eco-village in...
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MSF awaits single sponsor from Geneva Convention signatory states to initiate UN inquiry Violence spirals in West Bank amid holy site tension and calls for third Intifada Scientists predict warming ocean temperatures will kill off thousands of miles of coral reefs Landmark European court ruling tears hole in Safe Harbor data sharing agreement with U.S. Trade negotiators announce agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership deal Public health services add ‘game changer’ HIV prevention pill Grad...
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Massive wildfire rages across tar sands region of Alberta, Canada Honduran authorities arrest four in connection to murder of activist Berta Cáceres Far-right, anti-immigrant Generation Identity seeks to galvanize nationalist French youth The Philippines holds nationwide elections Monday; hardline candidates polling strong Tensions escalate along border between Gaza Strip and Israel Another Aleppo hospital comes under fire; UN passes resolution affirming illegality of attacks on medical...
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Police officer on private duty fatally shoots black teen in St. Louis ahead of Ferguson October Mass graves uncovered in Mexico during search for abducted students Volunteers help unaccompanied immigrant minors to adjust to life in New Haven U.S. District court hears challenge to force-feeding method at GITMO Lower Mekong dams continue to draw protest Low income mothers and children in London end occupation of empty public housing Police officer on private duty fatally shoots black teen in St....
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Japanese Activists in Middle East As President Bush today expressed frustration with allies such as France and Germanys reluctance to wage war on Iraq, sentiment around the world is growing against Washington's war desires. 10,000 people turned out against the war in Tokyo over the weekend in the biggest Japanese demonstration to date against an American war in Iraq. At the same time Japanese Buddhist monks in Baghdad organized hundreds of Iraqi children for a candle light ceremony to mark the...
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Senate Hearings on Iraq Attack In the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, senators heard that it would be more effective--and less costly--if the US were to attack Iraq sooner rather than later.But questions remain about the credentials of some of today's witnesses.Critics of US policy toward Iraq--and some senators--complain the committee's witness list is stacked with those who favor renewed attacks.Joshua Chaffin reports from Capitol Hill A Trip Through No Fly Zones Although the Bush...
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Bush Inaugurated Today Costing nearly $40 million dollars, today is the most expensive Presidential inauguration in the nation?s history, and comes at a time when the U.S. Is facing the largest spending deficit in its history. President bush?s inaugural address made references to his plans to reform social security, raised the possibility of more foreign interventions, and used religious language to justify u.s. policy abroad. (AUDIO) A poll of 21 countries published yesterday by the BBC shows...
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10 Killed, 50 Injured in Baghdad - Ahmed Irawi Arnold Schwartzenegger Announces CA Governor Bid - Mitch Jeserich IRS on Earned Income Tax Credit - Robert Flaxman NYPD and Activists - Jackson Allers Civil Rights Group Demands Investigation of Murder of Black Man Portland Seven Terrorism Case Update Yesterday in Oregon, Maher Hawash, one of the so-called ?Portland Seven," pled guilty to charges of trying to provide services to the Taliban. In exchange for his testimony against the other six...
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Mexico's President Vicente Fox broke his silence over newspaper workers who are trapped in their offices in Oaxaca, Mexico.Fox received pressure from international human rights groups to intervene in the blockade of newspaper staff held by pro-government activists.Noticias is one of the few newspapers to report on government corruption.Fox told the governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz, to resolve the situation and added that not allowing them to publish is a violation of their freedom of speech....
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Sick and injured workers from the site of the World Trade Center are appealing to Congress so that federal money set aside for them will remain in New York rather than returned to the government as requested by White House officials.Peter Larkin reports from D.C. European Union leaders are discussing some of their most contentious issues at a summit in Brussels: the recently rejected constitution and the next budget.Tony Cross has more. The Mexican Supreme Court will allow the trial of two...
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NEW FDA RULES ON ANIMAL FEED In an effort to prevent an outbreak of mad cow disease in the country, the Food and Drug Administration called for new rules to ban cow parts from being used in all animal feed. Katia Al Awwad reports from Washington D.C. The new rule prohibits cattle brains and spinal cords in all animal feed. However, it does not ban the use other tissues that could bear the disease regardless of age. The FDA has been modifying rules since the first case of mad cow disease in the...
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In this Thanksgiving week special, today we hear the stories of people living on the hidden side of America - in places known as "colonias" where they pursue their own vision of the American Dream. Kent Patterson in El Paso, Texas takes us on a journey to hear the stories and disappointments of communities old and new.
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